If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
In this paper we have shown how it is possible to use certain combinators onrelations to produce an interpretation of a class of clauses (Horn Clauses) inpredicate logic. The work was inspired by a particular view of the task of writingcertain kinds of program, but has not yet given rise to a system implementedon a digital computer, although some initial studies have been made.Hayes, J.E., D. Michie, and L. I. Mikulich (Eds.), Machine Intelligence 9, Ellis Horwood.